Here is my view of things...
The bible was written by human beings. It had to of been. The point has been raised before - we never hear from Jesus first hand. When I was younger (about thirteen or fourteen) I attempted to get into the religious feeling, and found that it was quite hard to believe, and for me, unsatisfying. I find it hard to justify the existence of a being or creature that has a following of so called "lesser" beings, yet never contacts them, and almost seems to leave them to follow rules set by a single book - a book that was written not by God himself, but those so called "lesser" beings. I have a hard time believing that we should bow down to a "greater" being that preaches of kindness, yet time and time again strikes his followers down, causes plagues, causes floods, ect., as well as turning a blind eye to "followers" that are very unlike Jesus, who they are supposed to strive to be like.
For example, one of my relatives was a devout Christian (her family stemming from the Ukraine) and she had very rigid beliefs, and her point of view sometimes stemmed on the hypocritical. She believed that angels were constantly loving of the human race, pure and uncorruptable. But we have Lucifer. She believed that Jesus died for all of our sins, and because he did so, he earned the right to "rescue" or "save" individuals. He was sinless. It was his choice to die, so he can forgive the sins of anyone who wants his/her sins forgiven. She believed that he left the choice whether or not to be forgiven to each of us. But yet, at the same time, if a Christian commits a sin, they are pressed (or guilty enough) to go to confessional, and in extreme cases, to ration, ect. ect.. If they do not, then they are not worthy enough of God's love.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that in my experience, Christians are very unlike God/Jesus (whatever is believed) in a lot of cases (Not all!). We are offered forgiveness for our sins, and instead met with guilt. The belief is that we are "lesser" beings than God, because Adam and Eve chose to eat from a tree, and therefor chose evil. If a parent let their child choose not to obey, the child would eventually have done something of the same.
How is that our fault? The entire thing seems like a follower/leader type reaction to having to make our own choices in the world. And of all the different minor religions, it seems like every person is taking their own conclusions from a piece of work that preaches in absolutes. I have a issue with always believing that I am a "lesser" being because of choices not made by me, sins that were supposedly absolved. I had issues with following a God that did not lead his children, and then supposedly shook his finger at us when we ran astray without his guidance.
That's just my opinion. I mean no disrespect towards Christians in any way. Everyone has to believe in something. I just find such contradictions, and the blessing (or threat) of heaven after death a bit hard to swallow. I mean, what worse horror can you wish on a sentient being than eternal consciousness?